Magazine February 10, 2020, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• It’s definitely a historic event. The senators sitting quietly, we mean.

• Republicans have been making a fundamental legal argument against impeachment: The Democrats have not accused President Trump of any statutory crimes, and therefore it’s illegitimate. But that wasn’t the Founders’ standard for impeachment. They gave Congress the power to remove a president at a time when few federal crimes existed or were contemplated being legislated into existence. As Madison put it, the provision was “made for defending the Community agst. the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.” Congress is well within its rights to remove a

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